In some naive way I expected my schedule to blow wide open when school started. With three kids at home, and five more circulating in and out for childcare, it’s been a busy summer. School had to lighten the load.
The first week of September sent most of the kids under my care back to class for at least some portion of the day. One little one remains with me full-time two days a week, and the others return at lunch time (3-4 of them) and at the end of the school day (2 more).
I expected a boatload of free time. A chance to breathe… and maybe sleep… boy was I wrong.
Fall ushered a new season of work –work I had put off over the busy summer months. Book club resumed. Sunday school began. Two new bible studies begin and my online summer study has yet to finish.
I have a novel waiting for its final edit. (If you think of it, pray for my editor – she has had a difficult year. Falling behind on my book is the least of her struggles right now.) I applied for a casual writing position at a magazine for which I frequently freelance, and have added exercise back into my daily schedule (fitness took a big hit during the summer months). Add to that the usual household duties, car-pooling, and favorite network season premiers. The schedule is bursting.
With all these things battling for my attention I’ve developed a new appreciation for organizers (mine is a combination of my online calendar and the kitchen whiteboard). I’ve learned to schedule in the things that matter – like devotions, bible study, exercise, and meal plans. If it doesn’t make it onto my calendar, it usually doesn’t get done or it gets shifted to another day.
My online study has helped me recognize my Martha tendencies (not Martha Stewart, but the less famous Martha from Scripture) to plan, plan and plan some more. It has helped me appreciate the way these qualities can enrich my life and bring structure and order to a somewhat chaotic season. This study has also revealed a Mary heart that longs for intimacy with God more than it longs for its next breath. So I schedule in this structured time of listening to God, a time of quiet, a time of reflection.
Considering how impactful and challenging my summer study has been, I am looking forward to the commencement of the two new bible study groups. I have so much to learn.